Since its debut back in 2003, Mythbusters has entertained and informed with more than 250 episodes devoted to investigating the scientific truth behind popular belief. Over the years, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman -- special effects experts in their own right -- have delved into everything from the famous Pop Rock/Coca-cola myth to the science of Star Wars.
Despite being among the most popular shows on Discovery, Mythbusters, of course, couldn't last forever. Now comes confirmation that the series' end is indeed on the horizon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the upcoming season 14 of the show will mark its last. The magazine conducted in-depth interviews with both Savage and Hyneman about the process of making the show, its imminent end and what the future holds for them. Here's what Savage had to say about the end of Mythbusters:
"Every show has its bell curve. We’re cognizant of our ratings. It’s not like they were terrible, but we could see them changing. Three or four years ago we started wondering more if we were going to be renewed. It’s not like it’s unexpected. Still it was kind of amazing that it happened. The thing that really makes me happy is most cable shows like ours just end. They get past their freshness date, you finish a season and then you hear you’ll never see another one. I truly thought that’s the way Mythbusters would end. We’ve been filming the last season this year and we get to send it off. We get to pay homage to this thing that’s changed our lives."
While the show's cultural footprint may not be as significant as it once was, the show's devoted fanbase will likely take its end hard, as it stands as one of the few shows of its kind to become more of a mainstream hit. Hyneman added that he and Savage were instrumental in the decision to bring the show to an end before it really began to lose steam.
"We’re executive producers on the show and have been for awhile. So we were part of that decision. We felt like we’ve had really strong material for the whole run. It’s been 14 years and its just time. We want to go out on a strong point. ... There’s an emphasis on looking back, we could do a PhD dissertation on the things we’re tackling. We’ve tried to go as deeply as possible into the things we’re doing, and gave them the respect and care they deserve."
Just minutes after EW reported the news, Adam Savage took to Twitter to confirm the announcement for his legions of social media followers.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) October 21, 2015
For many, the series finale of Mythbusters will mark the end of an era. However, it's respectable that Savage, Hyneman and Discovery are choosing to end the series at the top of its game and giving loyal viewers enough of a heads-up to savor the final batch of episodes arriving next year. Here's hoping that those involved in the fan-favorite series can whip up something similarly impactful in the years to come.
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The final season of Mythbusters starts January 9, 2016 on Discovery.